Silence is a Sound: imagining collective self-reliance in relationship to the future
Together, we will explore various meanings of collective self-reliance and imagine new representations through discussion, while documenting our experiences. However we imagine systems in terms of value exchanges, narratives emerge from these interactions. In thinking about pace, compression, and perception of time and how it impacts the order of our lives, we will gesture toward more non-linear forms of expressing our experiences of order. From these different ways of thinking about time, collaboration, and our relationships to things we think we already know, we will create representations through drawing, sketching and marking as a means to express.
Special thanks to Penny Duff, Jen Tremblay and Alisa Reith for helping to shape this workshop and Laura Shaffer at Compound Yellow for hosting.
SRS + An Ahistorical American Project by Alisa Reith and Matthew Nicholas
Please join us for a potluck get together Saturday, September 2 from 5pm-8pm at Compound Yellow to celebrate An Ahistorical American Project: What Do You Need to Know?/ ¿Qué Se Necesita Saber? by Alisa Reith and Matthew Nicholas as part of the Self Reliance School.
Reith and Nicholas have used conversations surrounding the idea of the Self Reliance School and Temporary Services’ Self Reliance Library to create messages that respond to these initiatives which demonstrate the powerful currency we build through communication and metaphor as citizens and artists.
The piece includes a pole mounted upon the rooftop of CY, flying flags with the prompting text What Do You Need to Know?/¿Qué Se Necesita Saber? as well as a message board located at street level on the side yard of CY to engage public feedback.
Over the next year iterations of these flags and other activities will be created based upon the responses we get from the public.
So let's get together! Bring a tasty dish or a beverage and your ideas about what you need to know!
Matthew Nicholas’ recent visual work has taken the form of a project series of flag installations displaying statements responding to the current social and political climate of our culture. The work aims to prompt thought and discussion around labor, race, privilege and violence in America.
For this latest iteration, Matthew has teamed up with fellow musician and educator Ally Reith. Reith and Nicholas have used conversations surrounding the idea of the Self Reliance School and Temporary Services’ Self Reliance Library to create messages that respond to these initiatives which demonstrate the powerful currency we build through communication and metaphor as citizens and artists.
As our conversations and engagements change over the next 6 months, so will the messaging depicted on the flags.
SRS Studio: Inaugural Flag (work in progress)
“What do we need to know? / ¿Qué senecesita saber?